A Few Independent Evaluators
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. With established regulations. this organization provides a means for non-profit organizations that meet the criteria to be included in the CFC list that Federal civilian, postal and military donors use to support eligible non-profit organizations providing health and human service benefits throughout the world. CFC charities are reviewed annually for evidence that they are providing services on a local, state, national or international level. They also review for public and financial accountability. CFC charitable organizations are required to disclose to Federal donors the percentage of funds spent on administrative and fundraising expenses.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBB) has a century of experience in reporting on charities. Its charge is to help people make informed decisions about charities and to advance high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance provides information on national charities based on comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability that address charity governance, finances, fundraising, donor privacy, and other issues. The Alliance produces reports that specify whether or not a charity meets its 20 BBB charity standards. The Alliance does not rank charities.
Charity Navigator (CN) is a nonprofit organization that has evaluated the financial health of over 5,400 of America's largest charities. Specifically, Charity Navigator's rating system examines (1) how responsibly a group functions day to day (2) how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time. Each charity is awarded an overall rating, ranging from zero to four stars. The Web site also offers free tools and features to help people make informed choices about the charity (ies) they choose.
GUIDESTAR (GS) gathers and publicizes information about nonprofit organizations across the globe. The GuideStar Web site provides information on programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits.